While the commonality between a giant Waterford Crystal and an 800-pound beach ball is not obvious, the season offers a clue. On December 31, Panama City Beach will embrace its seaside roots with the 5th annual Beach Ball Drop hosted by Pier Park. The Beach Ball Drop event represents what the destination is all about — white sand beaches, family togetherness and just plain fun.
Calendar of Events
December 31, 2013
December 25, 2013
December 7, 2013
Planning is already underway for the 2013 Run for the Redfish on Saturday,
December 7, 2013. The run begins at Pier Park Drive and continues west down
Front Beach Road /Hwy 98, looping back to end at Pier Park Drive with the after
party at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. All runners of the half marathon and 5k
will receive a Run for the Redfish long sleeve t-shirt and swag bag. The Run for
the Redfish has all the bells and whistles; certified course, professional
timing, professional race day photographer to capture the moment, and a venue
that is above all the rest.
Last year, over 750 runners participated and plans for 2013 are to take this
signature event to the next level. We’d like to thank our sponsors and
volunteers who support this race. We look forward to seeing everyone out on the
course on December 7, 2013!
November 4, 2013
Over 3000 Hot Rods / Classics /Street Rods Rat Rods / Muscle Cars and More! Huge Swap Meet / Auto Auction Nightly Live Music / Cruise Ins Flame Throwing Contest / Much More!
November 2, 2013
The third-oldest North American race, IRONMAN Florida began in November, 1999. It takes place in Panama City Beach, which is known for pristine beaches and moderate fall temperatures. It’s the perfect time of year to visit northwest Florida while the summer season winds down, and the event is as much a destination vacation as it is a race.
The swim takes place in the Gulf of Mexico, and athletes will have a short beach run in between laps. Waters are typically in the mid 70’s, allowing athletes to wear wetsuits. The two-loop swim course gives spectators a bird’s eye view of the entire course. After exiting the water, athletes are challenged by a fast, flat, one-loop bicycle course. The terrain pushes the body in way most athletes are not accustomed to: the absence of rolling hills or steep inclines forces consistent pacing. Winds are typically light in the morning, but become more challenging later in the day. With daylight savings time beginning the following day, early sunset reminds athletes that the bicycle cut-off is soon approaching.
The two-loop run course, while flat, has many turns throughout the local neighborhoods. It is a very spectator-friendly area where thousands of residents and visitors emerge for fall get-togethers while supporting the competitors. The course also winds through scenic St. Andrew’s State Park, a favorite among participants with its shaded areas and wildlife. After the second loop, athletes round the last corner for the the final quarter mile to the finish. There are 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.
October 17, 2013
The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) are co-owning and hosting the 2013 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival. The festival will celebrate seafood, fishing, culinary arts, music, entertainment, arts and culture in Panama City Beach. Entertainment includes:
October 11, 2013
October 2, 2013